connections, and drawing closer again those bands
of kindred hearts which the cares and pleasures
and sorrows of the world are continually operating
to cast loose;
of calling back
the children of
a family who
forth in life,
once more to
the paternal hearth,
that rallying-place of the affections, there to grow
young and loving again among the endearing
mementoes of childhood.
There is something in the very season of the year that gives a charm to the festivity of Christmas. At other times we derive a great portion of our pleasures from the mere beauties of nature.